2nd Lieutenant, Hugh Cecil MOXON
Aged 20

5th Battalion (attached 8th) Bedfordshire Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Thursday 19th July 1917

Born in Fosdyke, Lincolnshire about October 1896 [Boston 7a:435] to Rev. Ernest A MOXON (later Vicar of All Saints, Newmarket) and Maud Mary MOXON (née PETTITT) of Holbeach Road, Fosdyke, near Boston.

1901 census...Hugh [4] was at Holbeach Road, Boston with his father Ernest [34], a clergyman born Sherburn, Yorks; his mother Maud M. [35] born Sheffield; sisters Marjory [2] and Janet M [8 months]. All the children were born in Fosdyke.

His father died in 1909.

1911 census...Hugh [14] was a scholar at The College, Ely. His widowed mother was with his two sisters at Rous Villa, Rous Road, Newmarket.

Hugh was living at Rous Villas before enlistment. His mother moved to Oak Cottage, Great Shelford, Cambs by the time of his death.

Thanks to an excellent website about the Bedfordshire Regiment by Steven Fuller, ( www.bedfordregiment.org.uk) we have the following record for Hugh MOXON:

Hugh Moxon was born around October 1896 and lived at Rous Villas in Newmarket with his widowed mother for the 1911 census, when he was a 14 yrs old scholar at The College in Ely. He enlisted into the army on the 25th January 1916, becoming Private 9147 in the Inns of Court OTC. He was 19 years old. Hugh was commissioned into the 5th Battalion on 7th February 1916 and trained as a Territorial officer until he was posted abroad into the 8th Battalion of the Bedfords in France, joining them in the field on 4th October 1916.
Between the 3rd and 13th January 1917, he was a replacement for the casualties the battalion had sustained in the Flers-Courcelette battle during the Somme offensives. Hugh’s service until April 1917 was relatively quiet and, other than being held in support during the battle of Morval, was spent holding the lines around Bethune and Noyelles.Hugh went on leave and returned to A Company. He survived the assaults around Loos that April unscathed and served in the same region until the summer.
The 8th Battalion was moving into the trenches to relieve the 1st Kings Shropshire Light Infantry late on the 19th July 1917, when he was wounded severely in the head and face by a shell. He was rushed to the 18th Field Ambulance and onto the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station but his wounds were far too severe, with shell fragments having penetrated into his brain. At 11.15 that night Hugh died, having never regained consciousness. He was the son of the late Rev. E. A. Moxon, Vicar of All Saints, Newmarket, and of Maud Mary Moxon, of Oak Cottage, Great Shelford, Cambs, and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery. 2/Lt Moxon's long service number was 028579 and his service record is held at the National Archives under reference WO374/49415.


Extract from WO374/49415 -
19 Jul 1917 - trenches opposite Hulluch In billets. Drill & training. B & C Coys moved to right subsector in RESERVE TRENCH in relief of 2 Coys, 1/Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. H.Qrs & A & D Coys moved up & relieved H.Q. & 2 Coys 1/K.S.L.I. at night. Casualties Lt. B.H.B. Lethbridge [Brian Hugh Bridgeman LETHBRIDGE] & 2/Lt. H.C.Moxon [Hugh Cecil MOXON] died of wounds, 2 O.R. wounded.

©Anne Chappel

Hugh is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France - Ref: III.J.11

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